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Christie’s launches enterprise fund geared toward Web3 and blockchain investments

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Christie’s, the public sale home recognized for its gross sales of artwork and luxurious objects, has launched an funding fund to help rising firms with expertise enabling “seamless consumption of art.”

In a Monday announcement, the public sale firm mentioned the fund, Christie’s Ventures, will financially help companies in Web3, “art-related financial products and solutions,” and expertise associated to artwork and luxurious items. According to Christie’s, its first funding will likely be in LayerZero Labs, an organization growing options for enabling omnichain decentralized purposes, permitting a extra seamless switch of property between blockchains.

“We will focus on products and services, which can solve real business challenges, improve client experiences and expand growth opportunities, both across the art market directly and for interactions with it,” mentioned Christie’s Ventures international head Devang Thakkar.

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The transfer into blockchain-related investments represented one other step for Christie’s to help ventures within the crypto house. In 2021, the corporate hosted an public sale for a bit of nonfungible art work from Mike Winkelmann, also called Beeple, elevating greater than $69 million. Since then, it has held a number of high-profile gross sales for NFT art work and partnered with the OpenSea on-line market for on-chain auctions.

2022 is shaping as much as be a report yr for blockchain-related enterprise funding. As Cointelegraph reported, blockchain- and crypto-focused companies raised $14.8 billion within the first quarter of the yr, almost half of 2021’s totals. Although exercise has waned as a result of bear market, startups with a deal with Web3 and the Metaverse proceed to draw vital capital.